Allen County Fair Board looking for new leadership

By Sam Shriver -

Chad Hughes

Chad Hughes

LIMA — The search is on for a new director of the Allen County Fair.

According to a news release, Chad Hughes, promotions and operations manager for the fair, has resigned with his final day slated for May 30 of this year.

Hughes was hired by the Allen County Agricultural Society at the October 21, 2020, meeting. He replaced Bob Fricke whose contract was not renewed.

“Chad has regrettably been drawn away from the Allen County Fair by an amazing opportunity he could not pass up. The Board of Directors of the Allen County Fair is sorry to see him leave, but wishes him well in his new-found career,” stated Brad Core, president of the Allen County Agricultural Society. “The promotions and operations manager position is critical to the success of the Allen County Fair and the Allen County Agricultural Society. The Board of Directors is moving forward as expeditiously as possible to fill this vacancy.”

Hughes thanked the board for the chance.

“It has been a great pleasure working for the Allen County Agricultural Society and I’m thankful for the experience and the knowledge that I’ve gained during my time as the promotions and operations manager. I thank them for the time and support that they have given me, but I must follow a personal path to which I think is a better suit for my creative talents. I wish the Allen County Fairgrounds continued success in the future,” Hughes said.

Hughes would not disclose who his new employer would be at this time, saying, “I want to put a positive light on the fairgrounds.”

Hughes believes the most significant accomplishment was the Bright Nights Holiday light display.

“I think that was a great thing, and at a time of need when the community really wanted to get out and do something. And it was a positive all the way around and it will be continued,” Hughes said.

Core agreed.

“Prior to his first day on the job, he had already secured the funding to make Bright Nights come to reality and had already put together the vision for that event. That’s the kind of guy he is. He was already working for us before he ever got on the payroll,” Core said.

Core says they hope to have someone hired and working before May 30.

The fair board has decided to do their job search through Ohio Means Jobs with the pay range for the position $50,000 to $70,000 per year. Hughes was making $65,000 under his one-year contract with the board.

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By Sam Shriver

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